The Final Score Archives

Entering Halloween night matchup with Cincinnati, Sean Wilson has given Tulane a big boost

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Connecticut quarterback Chandler Whitmer is sacked by Tulane defensive tackle Sean Wilson (94) and defensive end Royce LaFrance during the first quarter at Yulman Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

Of the 24 players in Tulane’s 2014 football signing class, Sean Wilson appeared one of the least likely to make an impact as a freshman. He was a two-star recruit who lined up at middle linebacker for South Plaquemines High in his senior year, and he was being asked to move to tackle, a new position… Continue reading →

Source: WR Xavier Rush’s Tulane career is over after suffering torn ACL

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Tulane receiver Xavier Rush

Senior wide receiver Xavier Rush’s Tulane career is over after he tore an ACL in practice Wednesday, a source close to the program confirmed to The Advocate. Rush, from Terry, Mississippi, had to be helped from Yulman Stadium into the training room by two assistants. Although coach Curtis Johnson expressed initial optimism —… Continue reading →

Four downs: Cincinnati at Tulane

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Tulane Green Wave quarterback Tanner Lee

1. LIGHTNING LEE The return of starting quarterback Tanner Lee should help boost an offense that languished the last two weeks (averaged 290 yards) under a conservative gameplan. With Nick Montana under center, offensive coordinator Eric Price admitted his primary concern was to avoid risks and give the surging Green Wave defense a chance… Continue reading →

Fans now part of the equation for Green Wave

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Fans watch Tulane receiver Teddy Veal score a 24-yard touchdown against Georgia Tech during the first game at Yulman Stadium on Sept. 6.

As the Tulane football team practiced this week on a hot but breezy Tuesday morning, every sound was audible as they bounced around the new Yulman Stadium, from the loud clacking of helmets colliding to the soft thwack of passes meeting receivers’ gloves. In years past, this was the team’s gameday experience. The Superdome was consistently cavernous… Continue reading →

Southern’s Jaleel Richardson delivers in the clutch

Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU --Southern's Jaleel Richardson outruns Jackson State's Ryan Griffin as he returns the open kickoff against Jackson State for an 86-yard touchdown Saturday in Jackson, Miss. Southern won 28-21.

Jaleel Richardson isn’t the most well-known player on the Southern football team, but he makes big plays when the Jaguars need it most. Richardson set up Southern’s game-winning field goal against Alabama State last season with a 64-yard punt return to the Hornets’ 28-yard line. Last week, he returned a kick 97 yards for a touchdown to… Continue reading →

Challenges lie ahead for Tulane

Associated Press file photo by Mark Almond -- Tulane guard Jay Hook drives against Alabama-Birmingham's Jordan Swing last season. A senior this year, Hook will be looked upon to provide leadership for the Green Wave.

NEW YORK — For the past two seasons, Tulane men’s basketball coach Ed Conroy has watched his team grow, and their overall maturation resulted in a postseason bid. This season, Conroy believes his team can again follow the same route, but there is a crucial catch. The Green Wave got a first-hand glimpse of… Continue reading →

AAC notebook: Green Wave picked to finish last

NEW YORK — Tulane’s men’s basketball program didn’t expect to make big splash as a new member of the American Athletic Conference this winter. Unfortunately, none of the other teams in the conference expect much from the Green Wave, either. Tulane received 11 votes and found themselves at the bottom of the new format. However, being… Continue reading →

Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Megaux, a Karr High graduate, aims for sweet homecoming

Associated Press photo by AL BEHRMAN -- Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux tries to fight off South Florida linebacker Josh Black during the second half of last week's game in Cincinnati. Gunner Kiel reaggravated his ribs, leaving it up to Legaux to pull Cincinnati through.

Munchie Legaux didn’t give up on himself or his football dreams after he suffered a possibly career-ending knee injury in Cincinnati’s second game of the 2013 season — his first as the Bearcats’ starting quarterback. Legaux, an Edna Karr High School graduate, was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA, and he willed himself through… Continue reading →

Tulane running back Sherman Badie practices, ready to return for Cincinnati game

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Tulane running back Sherman Badie runs during preseason camp at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans on Aug. 21.

Tulane running back Sherman Badie pronounced himself 100-percent ready to play Friday night against Cincinnati after participating fully in practice Tuesday morning. Badie, a redshirt freshman from John Curtis, injured a foot during the fourth quarter of the Green Wave’s 20-13 loss to UCF on Oct. 18 and did not return. He was limited in practice in… Continue reading →

Feeling healthy again, Tulane QB Tanner Lee plans to start Friday against Cincinnati

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee

Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee said Monday that he is 100 percent and will return from his lingering shoulder injury this week. The redshirt freshman missed Tulane’s past two games after being injured midway through a 31-6 loss at Rutgers on Sept. 27, but he is slated to be back under center for the Green Wave’s 7 p.m. kickoff… Continue reading →

Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee prepares to return to action

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee scrambles for a first down against Southeastern Louisiana last month at Yulman Stadium. Lee, who suffered a shoulder injury Sept. 27 at Rutgers, could return Oct. 31 when the Green Wave hosts Cincinnati.

Tanner Lee hated having to stand on the sideline, watching Nick Montana start at quarterback for Tulane against Connecticut and Central Florida. He did not let that time go to waste, though.… Continue reading →

Expections run high for Tulane women

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO -- Tulane women's head basketball coach Lisa Stockton  speaks with reporters during the team's media day in New Orleans Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Tulane women’s basketball team will be playing its first season in the American Athletic Conference with most of last year’s team returning. With all but two players returning from last year’s squad that finished 20-11, coach Lisa Stockton said expectations will be high during a news conference Tuesday. “It’s great to have so many players… Continue reading →

Green Wave better prepared for tough new league

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO -- Tulane men's basketball player Keith Pinckney brings the ball up the court during practice on media day in New Orleans Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

The Tulane men’s basketball team is in transition again, but this move is more palatable. A year after rebuilding a roster bereft of proven talent, coach Ed Conroy has traded that internal challenge for the external challenge of entering a tougher league. The task of playing in the American Athletic Conference is much easier with the… Continue reading →

Tulane Monday Morning Rewind

Coming up Tulane gets to enjoy its second open date in three weeks before facing Cincinnati on Friday, Oct. 31 in Yulman Stadium. The Halloween game has been promoted by Green Wave officials for weeks, since it will be on national television in one of the only games in the country played that night. The Bearcats… Continue reading →

Tulane notebook: Defense, rushing game were bright spots in loss at Central Florida

UCF running back William Stanback (28) is knocked out of bounds by Tulane's Parry Nickerson (17) as he runs for yardage  during second quarter action of an NCAA football game against Tulane at Bright house Networks Stadium in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday, October 18, 2014. (Joshua C. Cruey\Orlando Sentinel)

ORLANDO, Fla. — It would have been easy for Tulane coach Curtis Johnson to dwell on the negatives of Saturday’s 20-13 loss at Central Florida, but he maintained a positive public front after the game. The Green Wave was 27 yards away from tying the score on the road against the defending American Athletic Conference… Continue reading →

Landry-Walker standout Blake Paul commits to Tulane basketball

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON --  East Jefferson's Blake Paul, right, battles against Salmen's Cody Rudolph for a rebound in January. Paul, who transfered to Landry-Walker for his senior season, commited to play college basketball at Tulane.

Blake Paul said the pieces fit too perfectly to pass on the opportunity Tulane presented him with. So the Landry-Walker power forward made his commitment to coach Ed Conroy and the Green Wave on Saturday night, choosing to stay close to home rather than attend Houston or Louisiana Tech. “Everything just comes… Continue reading →

Tulane’s offense explodes in 20-3 exhibition victory

In its final fall baseball exhibition against outside competition, Tulane turned on the afterburners against UNO on Saturday as the offense exploded for 20 runs on 22 hits, while the pitching staff held UNO to eight hits over 14 innings in the Green Wave’s 20-3 win at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Tulane collected nine extra-base… Continue reading →

Tulane offense falls short in 20-13 loss at Central Florida

UCF linebacker Troy Gray (57) stops Tulane quarterback Nick Montana (11) during the second quarter at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, October 18, 2014. (Joshua C. Cruey\Orlando Sentinel)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Nick Montana avoided what looked like a sure sack, stepped up in the pocket and heaved a deep desperation pass to receiver Leondre James. Defended tightly, James had two chances to make a spectacular, drive-sustaining catch, but he could not come up with the ball before it hit the turf. It… Continue reading →

Tulane quarterback Nick Montana ends drive on fourth-down spike

Tulane quarterback Nick Montana (11) drops back to pass during first quarter action of an NCAA football game against UCF at Bright house Networks Stadium in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday, October 18, 2014. (Joshua C. Cruey\Orlando Sentinel)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Nothing was more frustrating for Tulane in its 20-13 loss to UCF on Saturday than a failed drive at the end of the first half that ended on a fourth-down spike to stop the clock. Quarterback Nick Montana said he thought the Wave had picked up a first down… Continue reading →

Tulane defense does its part at Central Florida, forces four turnovers in 20-13 loss

Orlando Sentinel photo by JOSHUA C. CRUEY -- UCF quarterback Justin Holman is sacked by Tulane defensive end Tyler Gilbert during Saturday's game at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

ORLANDO, Fla. — For the Tulane defense, much of Saturday’s loss to Central Florida resembled the second half of last season. The Green Wave made several big stops, caused a bunch of turnovers and still had to explain why it came up short. After dropping two November games by a… Continue reading →

Central Florida 20, Tulane 13: Three and out

UCF running back William Stanback (28) is knocked out of bounds by Tulane's Parry Nickerson (17) as he runs for yardage  during second quarter action of an NCAA football game against Tulane at Bright house Networks Stadium in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday, October 18, 2014. (Joshua C. Cruey\Orlando Sentinel)

1. WHAT WE LEARNED Tulane needs Tanner Lee back as starting quarterback. Nick Montana was a good game manager against UConn in a 12-3 win at Yulman Stadium last week, but he could not make enough throws downfield to beat UCF. He completed 10 passes in the first half for an average of 4.6 yards and… Continue reading →

Central Florida returns to conference play

Central Florida players from left, Jordan Ozerities (38), William Stanback (28) and Tarik Cook (61) celebrate after defeating Brigham Young 31-24 in overtime in an NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Prior to last week’s matchup with BYU, UCF coach George O’Leary told his team that he thought the game could be a defining moment for the Knights senior class. A come from behind, overtime victory later, the players say they feel like that prediction was more than accurate. “We’ve had a lot of close games, and… Continue reading →

Four downs: Tulane vs. Central Florida

1. QUARTERBACK QUESTIONS For the second consecutive game, Tulane coach Curtis Johnson hasn’t given a clear indication of who will start at quarterback. The shoulder injury suffered by starter Tanner Lee in a 31-6 loss to Rugers on Sept. 27 is still affecting the redshirt freshman, and forced Johnson to turn to Nick Montana in a 12-3 victory… Continue reading →

Tulane’s Brandon LeBeau playing up to expectations

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Tulane safety Brandon LeBeau  chases down Connecticut wide receiver Deshon Foxx at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

Safety Brandon LeBeau does not like being reminded about the tackle he failed to make in Tulane’s season opener against Tulsa. If he keeps playing as well as he did against Connecticut last Saturday, he won’t have to worry about it any longer. Six games into his senior year, LeBeau finally had a breakout performance, and the… Continue reading →

Tulane’s lack of size biggest question entering season

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Tulane Green Wave forward Kevin Thomas (20) dunks against Louisiana Tech Bulldogs forward Michale Kyser (1) in a Conference USA NCAA basketball game between the Tulane Green Wave and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in Devlin Fieldhouse at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

Despite returning 91 percent of its scoring and 85 percent of its rebounding, the Tulane men’s basketball team will enter the season with one huge question. How can the Green Wave, coming off a 17-17 year in Conference USA, handle the big jump to the American Athletic Conference with its lack of proven big men?… Continue reading →

Tulane football midseason report card: Plenty of room for improvement

Tulane players take the field before their game against Rutgers on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Before Tulane kicks off the second half of its football season against Central Florida at 11 a.m. Saturday, The Advocate took the opportunity to hand out some grades to evaluate the performance of the Green Wave (2-4, 1-1 American) through six games. Quarterbacks: C+ Youth and injuries have given this group a bit of leeway. Redshirt… Continue reading →

Tulane athletics chat with Advocate contributor Scott Kushner, Friday at 11 a.m.

Tulane running back Dant Butler (24) picks up a first down as teammate Leondre James (86) blocks Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones (16) during an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/The New Orleans Advocate, A.J. Sisco) NO SALES; MAGAZINES OUT; INTERNET OUT; TV OUT; NO FOREIGNS. LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT (INCLUDING GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT; 225; 10/12; INREGISTER; LBI CUSTOM); MANDATORY CREDIT

Get the latest information on Tulane's athetic teams in this chat with Advocate contributor Scott Kushner on Friday at 11 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Tulane running game now a strength

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Tulane running back Sherman Badie celebrates a touchdown during the second quarter against Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday at Yulman Stadium.

In a month shrouded by uncertainty at quarterback, Tulane has found some comfort by turning to its running game. The Green Wave (2-4, 1-1 American) is averaging 170.3 yards per game, the third-best mark in the American Athletic Conference, turning a longtime weakness into a growing strength thanks to an effective two-back system featuring sophomore Lazedrick Thompson… Continue reading →

Tulane quarterback Nick Montana takes most reps; starter for UCF game uncertain

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Tulane quarterback Nick Montana warms up during a preseason scrimmage at Tad Gormley Stadium on Aug. 9.

Tulane coach Curtis Johnson stated emphatically Tuesday that redshirt freshman Tanner Lee remained his No. 1 quarterback, not senior Nick Montana. He was much less certain, though, about who would start Saturday at Central Florida. Montana, who played all the way in the Green Wave’s 12-3 win against Connecticut, took most of the snaps with the… Continue reading →

Tulane kicker Andrew DiRocco gains upper leg in race; Trevor Simms could still get a shot

It’s not exactly a kicker-by-committee, but Tulane coach Curtis Johnson said he understands the options at his disposal. Just days after freshman Andrew DiRocco connected on the biggest kick of his career — a 38-yard, fourth-quarter field goal in Tulane’s 12-3 win over Connecticut — Johnson said there’s still some intrigue at the position. It’s just a lot… Continue reading →